A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit from meat plant workers against the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, claiming that the agency failed to protect them from COVID-19.
The workers at the Maid-Rite Specialty Foods plant in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, asked OSHA "to take action to reduce the imminent dangers to its employees in connection with the transmission of COVID-19", according to documents in Jane Does I, II, III, et al., V. Eugene Scalia, U.S. Secretary of Labor, filed with U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania in July 2020.
The workers argued in legal documents that “OSHA did not in adequately addressed whether different conditions and policies were sufficiently remedied and that, when certain conditions were acceptable, OSHA chose to ignore the CDC's and its own guidance ̵
The Court's documents contain details of measures taken by the facility to ensure safety, together with OSHA's replies.
However, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying that an OSHA inspector did not find the workers to be in "imminent danger": " for his employees and consequently no recommendation had been made to the Secretary to take action. ”
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